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Network addressible loudspeaker and audio play

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Network addressible loudspeaker and audio play


Methods and systems for network addressable loudspeakers and audio play are presented. One or more network addressable loudspeakers are registered at a server. An end user selects a network addressable loudspeaker to output audio, and an audio file is streamed from an audio source to the selected network addressable loudspeaker.

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Inventors: Gunjan D. Bhow, John H. Hart
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120269361 - Class: 381 81 (USPTO) - 10/25/12 - Class 381 
Electrical Audio Signal Processing Systems And Devices > One-way Audio Signal Program Distribution >Multiple Channel >With Switching

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120269361, Network addressible loudspeaker and audio play.

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This application is a divisional application of application Ser. No. 12/423,232, filed Apr. 14, 2009, entitled “Network Addressible Loudspeaker and Audio Play”. The full disclosure of this application is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In recent years, end users of multimedia content including music or video have begun to utilize a variety of electronic devices to listen to listen to the audio and view the video content. Furthermore, the available format by which the multimedia content may be acquired and stored has increased. For example, in addition to storage on compact disks (CDs) or digital video disks (DVDs), audio and video content may also be stored in digital files in memory at various electronic devices. Such electronic devices may include, but are not limited to, web servers, desktop computers, laptop computers, and portable multimedia electronic devices such as smartphones and digital audio/video players.

In addition, delivery of multimedia content to end users via communication networks such as the Internet has increased in popularity. For example, end users may purchase and download digital music or video from commercial websites such as Apple iTunes. Multimedia content may also be streamed to the end user whereby the user may listen to or view the streamed audio/video on his device as the audio or video residing on a remote device is being streamed. For example, an end user may listen to music on his device streamed from an Internet radio station.

As the types of devices used to listen to, view, organize, and store multimedia content increases, and the delivery of multimedia content across communication networks increases, improved methods and systems for listening to multimedia content are needed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will be readily understood by the following detailed description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate like structural elements.

FIG. 1 illustrates a system for self registration of network addressable loudspeakers.

FIG. 2 illustrates a system for audio play.

FIG. 3 illustrates a network addressable loudspeaker in one example.

FIGS. 4A and 4B illustrate web pages where a user identifies a network addressable loudspeaker to add to his user profile.

FIG. 5 illustrates a web page where a user selects an audio source for audio play.

FIG. 6 illustrates a web page where a user selects a network addressable loudspeaker for audio play.

FIG. 7 illustrates the web page where a user identifies a temporary network addressable loudspeaker to add to his user profile as a guest user.

FIG. 8 illustrates a web page where a temporary network addressable loudspeaker has been added to a user profile.

FIG. 9 illustrates automatic selection of a network addressable loudspeaker from several network addressable loudspeakers based on proximity.

FIG. 10 is a flow diagram illustrating a self registration process for a network addressable loudspeaker.

FIG. 11 is a flow diagram illustrating a process for audio play including audio source selection and loudspeaker selection.

FIG. 12 is a flow diagram illustrating a process for proximity detection and switching for network addressable loudspeakers.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120269361 A1
Publish Date
10/25/2012
Document #
13540489
File Date
07/02/2012
USPTO Class
381 81
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04B3/00
Drawings
14



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